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A Morphotaxonomic Study of the Indian Species of Forcipomyia Meigen Biting Midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)

Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 299

By: Pijush Kanti Saha (Author), Sujit Kumar Dasgupta (Author), Debjani Gangopadhyay (Author), Tushar Kanti Mukherjee (Author)

92 pages, 48 plates with b/w line drawings, tables

Zoological Survey of India

Paperback | Jul 2009 | #198671 | ISBN-13: 9788181712264
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About this book

The Genus Forcipomyia Meigen of the Family Ceratopogonidae (Oder Diptera) is a large genus accommodating hairy biting midges extent in different parts of the world. An insect of this genus has such other characteristics as scale like microtrichia covering its wings, with short costa and first radial cell small, narrow and often obliterated. Entomophagus species of this genus subsist by sucking hemolymph of other insects. Because of hairy body, many of these insects who feed on plant sap act as natural pollinators. On the other hand, there are records of larvae of Foprcipomyia species living in leaf-axils causing substantial damage in pineapple cultivation in South America.


Contents

1. Introduction
2. Materials and methods
3. Species descriptions
4. Summary

Acknowledgements
References


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